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After a little delay, the remainder of the journey was accomplished to the next regular stoppage, at a place called "The Piper's Stones." here, again, Lord Walter Fitzgerald had some information prepared for the members, which he read out at the spot. He explained that the existing objects of antiquarian interest lying a short distance to the south-west of Ballymore-Eustace are three in number. In the first place there are the large boulders of graite placed in a circle 31ft. in diameter in the townland of Broadleas Commons, called "The Piper's Stones." They are now 29 in number. Formerly they made up a complete circle of closely placed boulders, though now there are large gaps in the ring showing where in times past many had been broken up and carried away for building purposes.

At a place called Athgreney, there is another similar circle of stones, and in the Deerpark, near Blessington, formerly there was a third one, each called "The Piper's Stones," but this latter was demolished years ago for building purposes.

[...] The name, "Piper's Stones," was often applied to this class of monument, and must have its origin in some now forgotten legend. The only explanation the old people give for the name is that bagpipe music, played by the "good people" or fairies, is still occasionally heard at the spot.

A quarter of a mile to the north-east of "The Piper's Stones" are the remains of a Pagan sepulchral moat, called Knockshee, meaning "the fairy hill." Little of it is now left, three-quarters of it having been demolished years ago, probably by some farmers, for the purpose of top-dressing the adjoining lands.

[...] Half a mile to the north-west of "The Piper's Stones" is a prostrate granite monolith, known as "The Long Stone." It formerly stood in a small rath-like enclosure now levelled, and which was thrown down in the year 1836.
From the Kildare Archaeological Society's annual excursion reported in the Warder and Dublin Weekly Mail, 22nd September 1900.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
25th May 2017ce

Comments (4)

This is really interesting, the farmer called them the Piper Stones and I dismissed him as I had just visited a circle actually called the Piper Stones just down the road and therefore thought he was confused, seems it is I who is confused. He talked a lot about the fairies (embellished of course), and how every time he dumps the stones in the corner to tidy his field up they come out and put them back, so he doesn't bother anymore! Posted by costaexpress
30th May 2017ce
Oh that is excellent, how marvellous that the fairies are still talked about there. That's just great. They don't sound very helpful. Thanks for that CE. Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
30th May 2017ce
Another one here: and not far from the others mentioned already. ryaner Posted by ryaner
30th May 2017ce
People turned to stone for playing the devil's music as far as I remember. ryaner Posted by ryaner
30th May 2017ce
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